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Best Music of the Week: Davido, Sauti Sol x Tiwa Savage, Efya & More

Here are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Davido x DJ ECool "ADA"

Davido and his resident spinner, DJ ECool, connect for the catchy new single, "Ada." Check out the South Africa-shot music video for this Fresh-produced jam above.

Sauti Sol x Tiwa Savage "Girl Next Door

Sauti Sol and Tiwa Savage's anticipated collaboration, "Girl Next Door," is finally here. The big Kenyan pop group and the Nigerian afrobeats queen team up for the Maleek Berry-produced new single. Check out its new music video above.

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Solo and BETR GANG 'Tour Dates'

South African rapper Solo and BETR GANG—a crew he's part of alongside producers and rappers Al da 3rd, Subrocc, Solid The Gifted, Th&o; and Buks—have set the benchmark for SA hip-hop in 2018 with their collaborative album, Tour Dates.

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Efya "Love"

Ghanaian star singer Efya starts off her year with "Love," a low-key and moody composition produced by The Gentleman. Check out the New York City-shot music video above.

Young Paris "My Love" feat. Dotman

Young Paris asks that you put some respeck on his name in his new single and music video for "My Love," featuring Dotman.

Reekado Banks "Like" feat. Tiwa Savage & Fiokee

Reekado Banks links up with his fellow Mavin Records star, Tiwa Savage, and guitarist Fiokee in the new visual for his previous single, "Like"—a song in which he shouts out Wizkid, Davido and Tiwa's own singles.

Temi Oyedele 'I'll Follow You (Remixes)' EP

Let Temi Oyedele and Afrologic's soulful beats and spoken words ease you into a dream state in the new remix EP, I"ll Follow You, which is available now from Okaymusic.

Gemini Major x Patoranking "Bang Bang"

Malawian-born, South African-based Gemini Major and Nigeria's Patoranking have undeniable chemistry as heard on their collaboration "Bang Bang."

Read more here.

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The 11 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Bas, Ycee, Major League, Moonchild Sanelly, Niniola, Indigo Stella, Fireboy DML, Marieme and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Watch Fireboy DML's New Music Video for 'Need You'

The buzzing Nigerian artist shares the video for the standout single from his debut album "Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps."

Buzzing Nigerian artist Fireboy DML has shared the music video for his latest single "Need You," one of the standouts from his warmly received debut album Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps.Laughter.

The track is an emotive love ballad, that sees the artist singing about the strong feelings he has for his partner over mellow guitar riffs. The song was produced by Pheelz.

The music video, directed by Clarence Peters, shows the artist and a love interest as they try and escape together, and later get caught up with the bad guy that's out to separate them. The events lead to a tragic ending for the couple. It's the fourth music video offering from Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps. "Of course, it's a tale of love—of finding it again, of learning that time is fickle and you have to treasure what you hold dear while you still can," wrote Fireboy about the song on Twitter.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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